Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Bishop's Palace
Built, 1886-1893, by Col. Walter Gresham, civic leader and U.S. Congressman. Nicholas J. Clayton was architect. One of the most lavish and massive homes in U.S., house is a Victorian adaptation of renaissance style.
Silver and onyx mantel in music room won first prize, 1886, at New Orleans Exposition. Mrs. Gresham painted murals, ceilings.
Catholic Diocese bought home, 1923, made one room into chapel with stained glass windows.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1967
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 139.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
Location. 29° 18.174′ N, 94° 46.926′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway (State Highway 87) and 14th Street, on the right when traveling west on Broadway. Marker is beside the front steps. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1402 Broadway, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this markerCarl and Hilda Biehl House (within shouting distance of this marker); Powhatan and Mattie Wren House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rt. Rev. Monsignor Marius Etienne Chataignon (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacred Heart Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Chubb House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Isaac H. and Henrietta Kempner House (about 400 feet away); Julius H. Ruhl Residence (about 400 feet away); William and Adele Skinner House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
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